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  •  As Jonathan Turley said (11+ / 0-)

    Obama: A disaster for civil libertiesHe may prove the most disastrous president in our history in terms of civil liberties

    But perhaps the biggest blow to civil liberties is what he has done to the movement itself. It has quieted to a whisper, muted by the power of Obama's personality and his symbolic importance as the first black president as well as the liberal who replaced Bush. Indeed, only a few days after he took office, the Nobel committee awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize without his having a single accomplishment to his credit beyond being elected. Many Democrats were, and remain, enraptured.

    It's almost a classic case of the Stockholm syndrome, in which a hostage bonds with his captor despite the obvious threat to his existence. Even though many Democrats admit in private that they are shocked by Obama's position on civil liberties, they are incapable of opposing him. Some insist that they are simply motivated by realism: A Republican would be worse. However, realism alone cannot explain the utter absence of a push for an alternative Democratic candidate or organized opposition to Obama's policies on civil liberties in Congress during his term. It looks more like a cult of personality. Obama's policies have become secondary to his persona.

    "I wish I could tell you, in the midst of all of this, that President Obama was waging the kind of fight against these draconian Republican proposals that the American people would like to see. He is not." -- Senator Bernie Sanders

    by Sagebrush Bob on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 12:36:09 PM PDT

    •  Thank you. That quotation is marvelously (4+ / 0-)

      a propos in this outrageous discussion.

      It is a calling...to do things about injustice.... It helps to have a goal. I've always tried to have one.--Ted Kennedy, True Compass

      by Timaeus on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 12:55:22 PM PDT

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    •  Le parti démocratique, c'est Obama. (3+ / 0-)
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      That's the problem in a nutshell.

      As currently configured, the Democratic party exists solely as a personal cheer squad for the president and to cover for his mistakes. It has no other function, nor any other principles. Not even electoral success, since the party's leaders seemed to be quite content to follow Obama into the electoral bloodbath of 2010.

      "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

      by limpidglass on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 01:09:48 PM PDT

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    •  they're so afraid he will look bad and maybe (3+ / 0-)
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      not get re-elected, that they're willing to put up with anything from him.

      and I feel someone has been counting on that, if not all along, then starting sometime in '09. Once it became clear Obama wasn't going to wield his power strongly on our behalf, this strategy became immediately available:  make Obama do--or let him do--abominable things, and the left won't be able to say a word, b/c he's one of theirs.

      Being ignored is the difference between being a one percenter and an American.--sweeper

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Sep 30, 2011 at 03:25:06 PM PDT

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